The Dummy Rangy rugby backs move

Why it works

  • The first “dummy switch” holds the player marking 10. With the defence now focusing on 10 and 12, it should allow 11 to sneak into the gap between 10 and 12.
  • As 10 steps to one side, his defender moves with him, creating the space.

Good if you have

  • A 10 who is a skilful handler.
  • An 11 who is a good timer and is a strong runner
  • Already performed another “rangy” move.
  • An opposition 10 who is a weak tackler.

What players should do

  • 10 runs forward then sideways, “dummy passes” to 13, then passes on the inside or outside to 11.
  • 12 runs forward then sideways alongside 10.
  • 13 runs behind 12 and then “dummies” a “switch/cut pass” reception from 10.
  • 11 runs forward from a position starting behind 10 and receives a pass on either the “inside shoulder” or “outside shoulder” of 10, once 13 has passed 10 for a “dummy switch/cut”.

Common mistakes

  • 11 arrives too early, before 10 has had a chance to “dummy pass” or straighten up.
  • 11 does not run close enough to 10. This is a difficult pass to perform because of the proximity to the “tackle line” and not being able to see 11.
  • The move happens too far from the “tackle line”. 10 should take the ball up to the “tackle line” and stop if necessary to bring the defence on to him.

Think about

  • 10 flicking the ball out of the back of the hand to 11, with 11 running on 10’s “inside shoulder”. This is a high risk option.
  • 10 straightening up and then stepping in to allow space for the winger to come through the gap.

This article is from my 50 Great Backs Moves manual.

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